The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 7, 2003


Warrant Article 5
Five-year trash contract saves $$

Article 5 of the Warrant for next Monday's Special Town Meeting asks the town to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sign a five-year contract with Wheelabrator North Andover, Inc. for disposal of solid waste from Carlisle's transfer station, after the current contract expires in 2005.

Last June, the Selectmen signed a three-year contract with Wheelabrator, to run from September 2005 through June 2008. While the board is empowered to enter into a three-year contract, Town Meeting approval is required in order to sign a five-year agreement with Wheelabrator.

Carlisle is now paying $120 per ton of waste delivered to the Wheelabrator incinerator in North Andover, well above the current market rate of about $60 per ton. Under the new agreements, the town will be charged rates approximately half of what has been charged in recent years under the old contract.

The new terms were negotiated by the 23 towns in the New England Solid Waste Committee (NESWC), of which Carlisle is a member. According to Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, almost all of the other NESWC communities are also choosing to continue with Wheelabrator for five more years.

The five-year contract offers slightly better rates per ton of waste compared to the three-year contract.
Cost per ton
Year contract contract

In addition, says McKenzie, since very few towns are opting for the three-year contract, there will not be enough critical mass to negotiate good rates for the remaining two years.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito